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ERIC Number: ED479222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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What Senior Citizens Want from the Community College.
Darden, Mary Landon; Cloud, Robert C.; Illich, Paul
This study for McLennan Community College (MCC), Texas, examines the issue of meeting the educational needs of the senior population of McLennan County. MCC aims to develop a Senior College. The Senior College would design classes specially for those age 55 and older, would make the classes affordable through use of expert volunteer instructors, and would make courses relevant to the students era and stage of life. Classes would also meet primarily in the daytime, and scheduling locations and times would focus on senior population requests. Because people are living longer, and more than 33 million people in the U.S. are age 65 and over, MCC believes development of a Senior College at MCC and other colleges is appropriate to the community college mission of meeting the educational demands of the entire community. A one-page questionnaire was administered to members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, in order to determine specific preferences in course topics and meeting days and times. Courses that received the most interest included travel, fitness, and computers. Most respondents preferred classes to meet once a week, in the mornings or afternoons. It was decided to have more focus groups to further specify some findings. Contains research instrument. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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